The Oklahoma City Thunder rolled on Tuesday night, beating the Denver Nuggets 105-93 in their seventh straight victory in a row.
Per usual, Kevin Durant led the winning effort with 30 points for the 12th time this season. He also had six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Durant leads the NBA with the most 30-point games in 2013, and is averaging a league-high 28.6 points a game.
Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka helped out with a double-double apiece, 21 points and 13 rebounds for Westbrook, and 17 points and 10 rebounds for Ibaka.
For Denver, J.J. Hickson had a double-double himself 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Ty Lawson chipped in with an assist double-double, having 17 points and 13 dishes. Kenneth Faried had a very excited first half, scoring 11 of his 13 points in the first two periods.
Prior to Tuesday night’s loss to Oklahoma City, the Nuggets had won 10 of their last 13 games.
The Thunder led for most of the game, but when Hickson made one of two foul shots in the middle of the third quarter, he brought the score within two points. Oklahoma City responded by going on a 9-0 run punctuated by a three-pointer from Durant. With that, the Thunder led 69-58 with just under five minutes left in the third.
OKC led 75-65 going into the fourth quarter and extended that lead to thirteen points, thanks to a made basket from Jeremy Lamb. Nate Robison caught fire for the Nuggets right after that, scoring ten straight points, including back-to-back three pointers.
But the Thunder rallied again, with the combined efforts of Durant hitting a jumper and Westbrook and Lamb each knocking down one beyond the arc. It put the Thunder up comfortably 97-79, and OKC maintained control for the rest of the game.
With the win, OKC advances to 20-4 on the season and is 8-4 on the road. THe Thunder host the Chicago Bulls next, on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. ET.